La Revolution Francaise


2h 54m 1990

Brief Synopsis

A 2-part epic about the French Revolution, following the lives of Robespierre and Danton from their youth to their deaths by execution.

Film Details

Also Known As
Annees lumiere (Part I), Annees terribles (Part II), French Revolution, The, La Revolution Francaise: Les Annees lumiere/Les Annees terribles, La Rivoluzione Francese, Les Annees lumiere (Part I), Les Annees terribles (Part II), Pour que vive la liberte, Revolution Francaise, Revolution Francaise: Les Annees lumiere/Les Annees terribles, La, Rivoluzione Francese, Years of Light, Years of Terror
Release Date
1990
Location
Tarascon, France; Versailles, France; Paris, France; Nevers, France; Bordeaux, France; Strasbourg, France

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 54m

Synopsis

A 2-part epic about the French Revolution, following the lives of Robespierre and Danton from their youth to their deaths by execution.

Crew

Renaud Alcalde

Assistant Director

Thierry Allou

Other

David Ambrose

Screenplay

Jean-yves Asselin

Location Manager

Frederic Auburtin

Assistant Director

Jean-francois Auger

Sound Effects

Annie Baronnet

Sound Editor

Jean-pierre Baronsky

Electrician

Martine Barraque

Editor

Andre Baudin

Other

Monique Bertrand

Wardrobe Supervisor

Marie-christine Birague

Production Manager

Christophe Bonnaud

Assistant Director

Daniel Boulanger

Screenplay

Daniel Boulanger

Writer (Dialogue)

Jean-claude Bourdin

Assistant Art Director

Jean-claude Bourlat

Line Producer

Bernard Bregier

Key Grip

Christian Brousselle

Sound Dubbing

Christian Brousselle

Post-Production Sound

Josselyne Bucciali

Post-Production Coordinator

Margot Capelier

Casting Director

Jean Carmignani

Production Consultant

Marie-christine Casse

Dresser

François Catonné

Director Of Photography

Guy Cazaneuve

Special Makeup Effects

Monique Champagne

Script Supervisor

Marc Chauviret

Property Master

Nady Chauviret

Set Decorator

Jean Colin

Property Master

Edith Colnel

Production Manager

Sophie Cornu

Sound Editor

Sophie Couland

Casting

Jean-francois Cousson

Property Master

Gerard Daoudal

Art Director

Gilles De La Houssaye

Researcher

Louis Debeaufort

Production Consultant

Louis Debeaufort

Consultant

Alain Decaux

Screenplay

Clement Delage

Assistant Director

Gregoire Delage

Special Effects

Georges Delerue

Music

Danielle Demanoir

Other

Georges Demetrau

Special Effects Supervisor

Guy Derigo

Production Consultant

Guy Derrien

Carpenter

Philippe Diep

Other

Anne Dutter

Production Consultant

George Dutter

Production Consultant

Robert Enrico

Screenplay

Luc Etienne

Casting

Carole Fevre

Script Supervisor

Evy Figiolini

Casting

Segolene Fleury

Production Coordinator

Pierre Foury

Special Effects

Jean-paul Gaillot

Key Grip

Jean-claude Gallouin

Art Director

Etienne George

Photography

Jacques-thomas Gerard

Sound

Christine Guegan

Wardrobe Supervisor

Michel Guerin

Carpenter

Monique Guerrier

Executive Producer

Alain Guffroy

Assistant Art Director

Michelle Guillermin

Casting

Francois Hardy

Production Consultant

Richard Heffron

Screenplay

Denis Heroux

Coproducer

Jacqueline Hiegel

Researcher

Lambert Hofer

Wardrobe

Peter Hollywood

Editor

Henri Jacquillard

Production Manager

Marc Jenny

Assistant Director

Claudine Lachaud

Wardrobe Supervisor

Jean-louis Lebras

Boom Operator

Jean-pierre Lelong

Sound Effects

Bernard Lependu

Electrician

Bernard Leroux

Sound

Genevieve Leroy

Researcher

Catherine Leterrier

Costume Designer

Daniel Leterrier

Camera Operator

Monique Levesque

Hair

Alain Levy

Sound Effects

Jerome Levy

Sound Effects

Andre Loisif

Key Grip

Mario Luraschi

Stunt Coordinator

Mario Luraschi

Production Consultant

Laurence Lustyk

Casting Director

Jacques Maistre

Hair

Annie Marandin

Hair

Jean-charles Maratier

Other

Jean-charles Maratier

Consultant

Claire Maubert

Casting

Mario Melchiorri

Sound Effects

Alexandre Mnouchkine

Producer

Suzette Monlouis

Dresser

Gabriele Mottola

Dialogue Coach

Eric Muller

Makeup Supervisor

Thi Loan N'guyen

Makeup Supervisor

Michele Neny

Sound Editor

Patricia Neny

Editor

Bernard Noisette

Camera Operator

Jessye Norman

Song Performer

Nat Peck

Music Conductor

Stephane Pellegri

Assistant Director

Rene Pequignot

Key Grip

Daniel Perche

Production Consultant

Ruggero Peruzzi

Wardrobe

Gilbert Pesquier

Construction

Patricia Pierangeli

Dialogue Coach

Catherine Pierrat

Location Manager

Alain Pitrel

Set Decorator

Bernard Prim

Photography

Xavier Quignon-fleuret

Production Supervisor

Annick Redon

Dresser

Thérèse Ripaud

Set Decorator

Janine Ruault

Production Supervisor

Jean-charles Ruault

Sound

Emilio Ruiz

Visual Effects

Laurence Schneider

Wardrobe Supervisor

Thomas Schuhly

Coproducer

Guillaume Sciama

Sound

Bodo Scriba

Coproducer

Yves Seigneuret

Property Master

Elsa Soustre

Dresser

Jean Tulard

Consultant

Daniel Verite

Production Consultant

Patrick Veron

Construction

Thierry Verrier

Assistant Director

Claude Villand

Sound

Louise Vincent

Dialogue Coach

Olivier Zenenski

Special Effects

Bernard Zitzermann

Director Of Photography

Film Details

Also Known As
Annees lumiere (Part I), Annees terribles (Part II), French Revolution, The, La Revolution Francaise: Les Annees lumiere/Les Annees terribles, La Rivoluzione Francese, Les Annees lumiere (Part I), Les Annees terribles (Part II), Pour que vive la liberte, Revolution Francaise, Revolution Francaise: Les Annees lumiere/Les Annees terribles, La, Rivoluzione Francese, Years of Light, Years of Terror
Release Date
1990
Location
Tarascon, France; Versailles, France; Paris, France; Nevers, France; Bordeaux, France; Strasbourg, France

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 54m

Articles

Sir Peter Ustinov (1921-2004)


Sir Peter Ustinov, the witty, multi-talented actor, director and writer whose 60-year career in entertainment included two Best Supporting Actor Oscars® for his memorable character turns in the films Spartacus and Topkapi, died of heart failure on March 28 at a clinic in Genolier, Switzerland. He was 82.

He was born Peter Alexander Ustinov on April 16, 1921 in London, England. His father was a press attache at the German embassy until 1935 - when disgusted by the Nazi regime - he took out British nationality. He attended Westminster School, an exclusive private school in central London until he was 16. He then enrolled for acting classes at the London Theater Studio, and by 1939, he made his London stage debut.

His jovial nature and strong gift for dialects made him a natural player for films, and it wasn't long after finding theatre work that Ustinov moved into motion pictures: a Dutch priest in Michael Powell's One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1941); an elderly Czech professor in Let the People Sing (1942); and a star pupil of a Nazi spy school in The Goose Steps Out (1942).

He served in the British Army for four years (1942-46), where he found his talents well utilized by the military, allowing him to join the director Sir Carol Reed on some propaganda films. He eventually earned his first screenwriting credit for The Way Ahead (1944). One of Sir Carol Reed's best films, The Way Ahead was a thrilling drama which starred David Niven as a civilian heading up a group of locals to resist an oncoming Nazi unit. It was enough of a hit to earn Ustinov his first film directorial assignment, School for Secrets (1946), a well paced drama about the discovery of radar starring Sir Ralph Richardson and Sir Richard Attenborough.

After the war, Ustinov took on another writer-director project Vice Versa (1948), a whimsical fantasy-comedy starring Roger Livesey and Anthony Newley as a father and son who magically switch personalities. Although not a huge hit of its day, the sheer buoyancy of the surreal premise has earned the film a large cult following.

Ustinov made his Hollywood debut, and garnered his first Oscar® nomination for Best Supporting Actor, as an indolent Nero in the Roman epic, Quo Vadis? (1951). After achieving some international popularity with that role, Ustinov gave some top-notch performances in quality films: the snappish Prinny in the Stewart Granger vehicle Beau Brummel (1954); holding his own against Humphrey Bogart as an escaped convict in We're No Angels (1954); the ring master who presides over the life of the lead character in Max Ophuls's resplendent Lola Montez (1955); and a garrulous settler coping with the Australian outback in The Sundowners (1960).

The '60s would be Ustinov's most fruitful decade. He started off gabbing his first Oscar® as the cunning slave dealer in Spartacus (1960); made a smooth screen adaptation by directing his smash play, Romanoff and Juliet (1961), earned critical acclaim for his co-adaptation, direction, production and performance in Herman Melville's nautical classic Billy Budd (1962); and earned a second Oscar® as the fumbling jewel thief in the crime comedy Topkapi (1964).

He scored another Oscar® nomination in the Best Original Screenplay category for his airy, clever crime romp Hot Millions (1968), in which he played a con artist who uses a computer to bilk a company out of millions of dollars; but after that, Ustinov began taking a string of offbeat character parts: the lead in one of Disney's better kiddie flicks Blackbeard's Ghost (1968); a Mexican General who wants to reclaim Texas for Mexico in Viva Max! (1969); an old man who survives the ravaged planet of the future in Logan's Run (1976); and an unfortunate turn as a Chinese stereotype in Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981). Still, he did achieve renewed popularity when he took on the role of Hercule Poirot in the star laced, Agatha Christie extravaganza Death on the Nile (1978). He was such a hit, that he would adroitly play the Belgian detective in two more theatrical movies: Evil Under the Sun (1982) and Appointment With Death (1988); as well as three television movies: Thirteen at Dinner (1985), Murder in Three Acts, Dead Man's Folly (both 1986).

Beyond his work in films, Ustinov was justifiably praised for his humanitarian work - most notably as the unpaid, goodwill ambassador for United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Since 1968, he had traveled to all corners of the globe: China, Russia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Kenya, Egypt, Thailand and numerous other countries to promote and host many benefit concerts for the agency.

Ustinov, who in 1990 earned a knighthood for his artistic and humanitarian contributions, is survived by his wife of 32 years, Hélène du Lau d'Allemans; three daughters, Tamara, Pavla, Andrea; and a son, Igor.

by Michael T. Toole
Sir Peter Ustinov (1921-2004)

Sir Peter Ustinov (1921-2004)

Sir Peter Ustinov, the witty, multi-talented actor, director and writer whose 60-year career in entertainment included two Best Supporting Actor Oscars® for his memorable character turns in the films Spartacus and Topkapi, died of heart failure on March 28 at a clinic in Genolier, Switzerland. He was 82. He was born Peter Alexander Ustinov on April 16, 1921 in London, England. His father was a press attache at the German embassy until 1935 - when disgusted by the Nazi regime - he took out British nationality. He attended Westminster School, an exclusive private school in central London until he was 16. He then enrolled for acting classes at the London Theater Studio, and by 1939, he made his London stage debut. His jovial nature and strong gift for dialects made him a natural player for films, and it wasn't long after finding theatre work that Ustinov moved into motion pictures: a Dutch priest in Michael Powell's One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1941); an elderly Czech professor in Let the People Sing (1942); and a star pupil of a Nazi spy school in The Goose Steps Out (1942). He served in the British Army for four years (1942-46), where he found his talents well utilized by the military, allowing him to join the director Sir Carol Reed on some propaganda films. He eventually earned his first screenwriting credit for The Way Ahead (1944). One of Sir Carol Reed's best films, The Way Ahead was a thrilling drama which starred David Niven as a civilian heading up a group of locals to resist an oncoming Nazi unit. It was enough of a hit to earn Ustinov his first film directorial assignment, School for Secrets (1946), a well paced drama about the discovery of radar starring Sir Ralph Richardson and Sir Richard Attenborough. After the war, Ustinov took on another writer-director project Vice Versa (1948), a whimsical fantasy-comedy starring Roger Livesey and Anthony Newley as a father and son who magically switch personalities. Although not a huge hit of its day, the sheer buoyancy of the surreal premise has earned the film a large cult following. Ustinov made his Hollywood debut, and garnered his first Oscar® nomination for Best Supporting Actor, as an indolent Nero in the Roman epic, Quo Vadis? (1951). After achieving some international popularity with that role, Ustinov gave some top-notch performances in quality films: the snappish Prinny in the Stewart Granger vehicle Beau Brummel (1954); holding his own against Humphrey Bogart as an escaped convict in We're No Angels (1954); the ring master who presides over the life of the lead character in Max Ophuls's resplendent Lola Montez (1955); and a garrulous settler coping with the Australian outback in The Sundowners (1960). The '60s would be Ustinov's most fruitful decade. He started off gabbing his first Oscar® as the cunning slave dealer in Spartacus (1960); made a smooth screen adaptation by directing his smash play, Romanoff and Juliet (1961), earned critical acclaim for his co-adaptation, direction, production and performance in Herman Melville's nautical classic Billy Budd (1962); and earned a second Oscar® as the fumbling jewel thief in the crime comedy Topkapi (1964). He scored another Oscar® nomination in the Best Original Screenplay category for his airy, clever crime romp Hot Millions (1968), in which he played a con artist who uses a computer to bilk a company out of millions of dollars; but after that, Ustinov began taking a string of offbeat character parts: the lead in one of Disney's better kiddie flicks Blackbeard's Ghost (1968); a Mexican General who wants to reclaim Texas for Mexico in Viva Max! (1969); an old man who survives the ravaged planet of the future in Logan's Run (1976); and an unfortunate turn as a Chinese stereotype in Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981). Still, he did achieve renewed popularity when he took on the role of Hercule Poirot in the star laced, Agatha Christie extravaganza Death on the Nile (1978). He was such a hit, that he would adroitly play the Belgian detective in two more theatrical movies: Evil Under the Sun (1982) and Appointment With Death (1988); as well as three television movies: Thirteen at Dinner (1985), Murder in Three Acts, Dead Man's Folly (both 1986). Beyond his work in films, Ustinov was justifiably praised for his humanitarian work - most notably as the unpaid, goodwill ambassador for United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Since 1968, he had traveled to all corners of the globe: China, Russia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Kenya, Egypt, Thailand and numerous other countries to promote and host many benefit concerts for the agency. Ustinov, who in 1990 earned a knighthood for his artistic and humanitarian contributions, is survived by his wife of 32 years, Hélène du Lau d'Allemans; three daughters, Tamara, Pavla, Andrea; and a son, Igor. by Michael T. Toole

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Released in United States May 28, 1990

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival May 28, 1990.

Began shooting October 4, 1988.

Completed shooting May 1989.

In France there are two films with different release dates. Outside France, the film will be presented in its entirety with an intermission. In addition, a mini-series consisting of four 90 minute episodes will be broadcast throughout Europe.

Released in United States May 28, 1990 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival May 28, 1990.)